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The tools you’ll need

Ready to ramp up your brow game? Contouring can sculpt your eyebrows to give you the K-Beauty brows of your K-Drama dreams, all in two minutes or less. The key guiding principle: Bringing balance and proportion to your face is of the essence for any “look” you’re gunning for, trendy or no.

The only swag you’ll need on hand are an angled brush and a dual-shade palette, preferably in powder or pencil like Mac Cosmetics’ beautifully blendable Brow Duo, $41. 

If you’ve incredibly pressed for time, do as Xiaxue does and gun for a “pao ka liao” product like K-Palette’s 1 Day Tattoo W Series 3-in-1 Eyebrow Pencil in 105 Grayish Brown, $23.90, which  comes complete with a setting powder and a nifty brush at one end for tidying up stray strands. 

In any case, always choose powder products as I find them to be more convincing in simulating the look of real hairs as opposed to messier cream concoctions.

How to draw in two easy steps

STEP 1. What you do is to fill in the darker hue starting from the centre of your brow, using fleeting flicks to feather outwards for depth and dimension.

This stronger shade is superb for building body where you need it most, so apply with a firmer hand at the inner corners and gently peter it out to the ends. Never draw a thick broad band across the entire brow, as this can come off as severe and strangely stilted.

Mac Cosmetics Brow Duo, $41

STEP 2. Laid down your base? Good. Now switch to the lighter hue in your palette and use short, swift strokes to etch in the inner and outer contours of your brow, where the “baby” hairs are softer and paler. Buff and blend this lighter hue into the darker body of the brow so there’s no discernable demarcation between the two. And you’re done!

This subtle interplay between light and dark makes for a multidimensional, infinitely more natural-looking brow, while retaining the thickness that’s a hallmark of Korean-style eyebrows. Makes sense, right?

Finally, don’t be too precious about getting your brows to square up just so; there’s a lot to be said about finding beauty in the perfect little imperfections. 

So, quick recap: Keep the centre darker and the edges lighter, then blend until virtually undetectable. I hope this mini makeup lesson will get you out of a hairy situation!